How To Catch And Cook One Of America’s Most Underrated Fish

Youtube angler, Lake Fork Guy, targets white bass as they begin the spring spawn in Texas. White bass are native to lakes, reservoirs, and rivers throughout the Midwest but have also been introduced to lakes throughout the country.

White bass spawning activity occurs when the water temperatures reach between 55-65 and degrees, which can be anytime from March through May, depending on where you live.

During the spawn, white bass move to shallow water in high numbers, making them an easy target for anglers looking to load the cooler.

In the Spring, Lake Fork Guy targets fish in pockets, coves and creek channels related near current.

Lake Fork Guys Favorite White Bass Lures

White bass feed on minnows, so baits that mimic small minnows baits rigged on light spinning tackle tend to work best.

Jigging Spoons

Jigging Spoons, like the Northland Glo-Shot Spoon, mimic the action of a dying baitfish, which bass gobble up without hesitation. Jigging spoons work especially well when vertical fishing.

Googan Squad Mini Recon

The Googan Squad Mini Recon is a downsized, medium-diving crankbait that helps LFG cover water while putting a bite-sized bait directly into the target zone of hungry White Bass.

Googan Squad Jr. Scout

The Googan Squad Jr Scout is a suspending jerkbait, which helps LFG dangle this hard bait in a tasty way that White Bass can’t refuse. Using the classic – twitch, twitch, pause technique while adding in hard jerks of the rod tip.

How To Cook A White Bass

White bass and striped bass have tender, flaky white meat that can be a little bland to on its own. However, much like a potato, this allows you to add in virtually any flavor you’d to help counter what some would consider a mild taste.

LFG goes with Franks Red Hot and a cornmeal flour mix that is shallow fried with vegetable oil.

With a clean, dry fillet, LFG dredges his fish into a bowl of Frank’s Red Hot sauce for roughly 5 minutes before dunking into his breading.

The hot sauce absorbs into the fillet providing a gentle kick from its cayenne pepper.

The breading is a simple mix of cornmeal, flour, and spices. Make sure your oil is hot enough before breading your fish.

Once ready, liberally cover each fillet with breading before gently setting each fillet into the hot oil.

Lake Fork Guy waits until the fish is golden brown, once cooked he sets the fish on a plate covered in paper towels to dry.

Pair your fish your favorite side. I typically keep it simple with vegetables and beans.

Quick and Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce:

Mix 1 part yellow mustard to 4 parts mayonnaise together and top it off with lemon juice.

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